Auckland Waterfront loses decontamination battle
The Auckland Waterfront Development Agency has lost its bid for Mobil to pay for the $10 million decontamination of land once used for petrol storage next to Wynyard Quarter.
Auckland Waterfront claimed its tenancy agreement with Mobil required the petroleum giant to leave the site clean, tidy and free from contamination.
However, a judgement delivered by the High Court at Auckland found Auckland Waterfront's claims to be "commercially unrealistic".
Part of the property Auckland Waterfront was redeveloping for mixed residential and commercial use was leased by Mobil from the 1920s until 2011, and was used to store petroleum.
The court said Mobil was entitled to a yet-undecided amount in costs after Auckland Waterfront's case "failed in its entirety".